8 Years On: Fukushima Students to Perform in Play after Disaster


Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref., March 6 (Jiji Press)--Writer Miri Yu is one of many people whose lives have been deeply affected by the March 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

Four years ago, the 50-year-old winner of Japan's prestigious Akutagawa literary prize moved to Fukushima, one of the hardest-hit prefectures and home to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-crippled nuclear plant.

Eight years after the catastrophe, a play Yu wrote about the experiences of victims of the disaster will perform in Tokyo on March 15-17, featuring drama club students at Fukushima's Futaba Future High School.

Last year, Yu revived a theater group she headed before receiving the Akutagawa prize in 1997 in order to produce plays that illustrate the experiences of disaster victims.

The upcoming play, "Seibutsuga" (still life painting), is the first such work.

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